Roger Hilley said it was hard to call the YMCA's Joe Smith and admit that he had no place else to go, but the high school senior said Smith was his brightest path to a better life. Smith let Hilley escape his environment of drugs and instability to sleep on the couch in his home for three months.

Meanwhile, Smith and YMCA officials prepared the organization's first transitional house for men.

The house opened this year in the 1000 block of 16th Street with space for six men. Hilley, a 19-year-old senior at Hamilton County High School, is one of them.

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